K-State Dominates Creighton

MANHATTAN, Kan.-- After recording her 200th career victory on Friday, K-State coach Deb Patterson said a consistent presence at the point guard position would lead to an elevated production and a higher level of comfort for the rest of the team.

Monday night all five Wildcat starters looked pretty comfortable scoring in double-figures and defeating Creighton 94-79 in Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas State (2-0) jumped all over the Bluejays in the first half and at one time held a 19-point lead. Senior guard Claire Coggins, whose offensive production has been absent in this very early season, was absolutely lights-out hitting her first five baskets.

"It's not an emphasis for me to score right away," Coggins said. "The game came to me in the first half and I just took advantage of it."

Kansas State shot 64.3-percent from the field and went into the locker room up 46-35.

The first five minutes of the second half were the complete opposite of those in the beginning of the contest. It's a well-known fact that Patterson's teams over the years come out of halftime ice cold. They are consistently inconsistent.

Creighton took advantage and cut the lead to six with 16:58 left on the clock. The Wildcats regrouped during the under-16 media timeout, went on a 10-2 run over two minutes and never looked back.

Coggins started the run asserting herself on the defensive end with two consecutive steals. She finished with five steals and 15 points.

"I think she (Coggins) had great focus by and large tonight," Patterson said.

"That defensive steal sparked us. We came out very passive and just didn't have the pop and the assertiveness and the aggressiveness on the offensive end that we needed to have as we started the second half."

The Wildcats shot just over 57-percent from the field and 50-percent from 3-point range, but were outworked on the boards 34-31. The Bluejays got 15 offensive rebounds and 20 second-chance points.

"We've got to get better at our discipline on the defensive end of the floor when it comes to limiting teams' second- and third-shot opportunities," Patterson said.

Ally Thrall, Creighton's only returning starter from last season, led all scorers with 22 points.

Sophomore forward Marlies Gipson led K-State in scoring and rebounding for the second consecutive game with 17 points and eight rebounds. Junior guard Kim Dietz scored 15 points and had a big night from beyond the arc connecting on 3-of-5. Freshman forward Ashley Sweat added a career-high 12 points. And sophomore point guard Shalee Lehning recorded 11 points and seven assists.

The Wildcats play their final home game in November against Wyoming on Friday at 7 p.m.

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